ARTICLE: Working at Water's Edge by Kerri Allmer

Designing and building any pool in close proximity to a body of water has its challenges. But if you start by focusing on one primary goal, you’ll find that the rest of the tasks involved in these technically demanding projects will become much more manageable.


As watershapers, we all have one common goal in mind:  We don’t ever want our concrete pools, spas, fountains or waterfeatures – whatever it is we’ve just finished building – to move at any time, in any way at all. 

This is true no matter the physical or geological circumstances.  On a slope, on the flat, elevated above a parking garage or set on rock or in sand or clay, wherever we’re working, we follow expert guidance that determines what we need to do to isolate our shells and decks from outside forces and protect them from anything and everything that might want to crack, tip or topple them.  Up, down, sideways – we do what it takes to secure them against movement in any direction.

Of course, paying attention to this part of the overall package is a complicating factor none of us really like to face, but it’s almost inevitable when a project is located directly adjacent to a body of water: From tidal surges to subsurface water intrusion, from soil composition to storm scouring, there are no workable shortcuts here – and lots of opportunities to run into trouble.

To read the full Watershapes article, click here.

FEATURED: Waterfront Weekend Retreat by Kerri Allmer

In 2013, Drakeley Pool Company was contracted by Artemis Landscape Architects to construct a double vanishing edge pool and vanishing edge spa for a Fairfield Beach home, situated directly on the Long Island Sound. Read about the full project, including completely reworked and renovated home and surrounding landscape

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ARTICLE: A Jewel in the Woods by Kerri Allmer

Working with a property owner who insists on an unconventional approach to a project can be a challenge. But it definitely helps, reports William Drakeley, when that client is also open-minded, imaginative and absolutely set on achieving brilliant, gem-like results. Read about custom Lautner-edge glass tile pool/spa combination project we completed in 2015.

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The Northeast Spa & Pool Association (NESPA) has recently named its winners in the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards - Builders Competition. In the Specialty Pools category, Drakeley Pool Company has been awarded Gold for their outstanding design of a perimeter overflow and an all-tiled pool. In additional to these two Gold Awards, DPC also snagged the Gold Award for Exceptional Recognition in Design and Building.

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FEATURED: Luxury and Drakeley - What's In for the Fall by Lily Samuels

As we make our way into the fall, the Drakeley construction crews are busier than ever. The dry spells have allowed our craftsmen to continue custom installation for clients who want the majority of the 'heavy lifting' done while their outdoor spaces are not in use. Smart people!

Also delighted to announce that Drakeley Pool Company was featured in Luxury Pools' Fall/Winter 2016 Edition.

Read the article and check out shots of new projects here